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Bill would change distribution of reports by state agencies for easy public access


March 19, 2012

(SitNews) - House Bill 182, "An Act relating to distribution of reports by state agencies" sponsored by Representative Kyle Johansen (R- Ketchikan) passed the House Finance Committee last week and is headed for a vote on the House Floor.    This bill changes the publication requirements for all departments and state agencies, from a printed document to an electronic format that is posted on the agency’s website and is easily accessible to the public.

“It is time that the distribution system for state reports be updated to reflect the technology we use every day.  Many statutes requiring the printing and distribution of reports were passed in the 60’s and 70’s, long before the advent of the internet.  This is a logical progression to help lower the cost of government and make information readily available to the general public.” Johansen commented.

Most of the statutes that provide for a printed document were written long before the advent of the modern technology that makes the reports accessible online today.  The printed publishing of reports costs Alaska taxpayers over $1.6 million annually.  These reports cost $12-$25 per copy and are automatically delivered to all 60 legislative offices and many other offices in the government system.  The vast majority of these reports go unused as the information is readily accessible in an online format.

Johansen continued, “To ensure proper distribution to all Alaskans, each commissioner is able to make a determination for physical creation and distribution of reports.  The State Library in support and citizens can always purchase a hard copy if needed.”

There is language in the bill that protects the State Library’s Data Distribution Center, ensuring that it still receives 4 copies of every publication.  These copies are sent to the statewide Data Distribution Centers and can be mailed to any library or household in the state.


On the Web:

House Bill 182, "An Act relating to distribution of reports by state agencies"



Source of News: 

Office of Rep. Klye Johansen


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